Jason Schermer September 2019

September 2019


The Bond of Siblings 5825 Lande r b rook Dr i ve , Su i t e 124 , May f i e l d He i gh t s , OH 44124 ( 440 ) 483 - 1003

New Experiences in a New School Year

I am officially the father of two high schoolers, which is a thought I’m still getting used to. My eldest had two years of high school on her own, and now, our middle child is starting her freshman year. Meanwhile, our youngest daughter is still in middle school and starting a new school this year, so there’s a lot of changes for everyone. It’s kind of cool to see our girls going to the same school again. They all attended the same elementary school where my wife, Michelle, taught. Since then, they’ve all been divided up among different schools, so it’s nice to see our oldest and middle child in the same place again. I like knowing they can have each other’s backs. Then, in two years, our youngest will be starting high school just as our middle child starts her junior year. My girls are in the same position my brothers and I were in when we were teenagers. When I started high school as a freshman, my older brother was a junior. Two years later, after my older brother graduated and I was starting my junior year, our youngest brother came in as a freshman. It was an interesting experience. We went to a smaller school, so we saw each other often and shared some activities, like band, FBLA, and speech and drama, but we mostly left each other to our own devices. That said, it was nice to know that if I ever needed someone, one of my brothers was there.

It’s kind of cool to see our girls

going to the same

school again.

When I went to college, I had a repeat scenario because I went to the same undergrad as my older brother. Again, he was a junior when I was a freshman. That was a pretty fun experience. We were even in the same frat! Though, I left after my brother graduated because he was the reason I joined. High school and college really set the foundation for the relationship I have with my older brother today. I’m excited to see how our kids develop their adult relationships as they grow through these formative years. Right now, they’re all so excited to start this new school year. My oldest has her driver’s license, so she’ll be driving all three of them to school each day. This is something my brothers and I never had because our house was a 10-minute walk from the school. I’m a little nervous but excited for my girls to have this kind of experience together.

There’s a bond that only siblings share, after going through so many experiences together. If you’re lucky, it’s the kind of bond that lasts a lifetime. My brothers and I didn’t always get along, but I was always glad to have them in my life. I’m sure anyone with siblings can relate to this. My daughters can sometimes be less-than- sisterly to each other, but deep down, they know that if push comes to shove, their sisters will be there for them. Much like how I know that even today, my brothers still have my back if I need them. I’m glad to see my girls creating those same strong bonds with each other.

–-Jason A. Schermer


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STOP THE SPREAD Prevent Colds and the Flu With Kid-Friendly Teaching Tools

G erms and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips.

your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.

Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the germs that are spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health. As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at CDC.gov.

But Mommy Doesn’t Cover Her Nose!

Ahh ... Ahh ... ACHOO!

Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in

Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as … well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun.


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3 Strategies for a Healthier Smile

There’s no silver-bullet or cookie-cutter approach to good gum health. Our genes play a huge role in our overall health, so what works for some people might not work for others. Some patients get on just fine by brushing with a manual toothbrush and flossing once a week. Others will get gingivitis instantly if they don’t use an electric toothbrush, prescription floss, and a Waterpik while standing next to an open window on the full moon. September is National Gum Care Month, so we’re looking at a few strategies you can try to help take better care of your gums. Floss When it comes to gum health, floss is “old reliable.” Gum disease is the result of plaque that builds up under your gums, where the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing helps you clean out those spaces, banishing bacteria before it becomes a problem. The question of waxed or unwaxed floss comes down to preference. Even flavored wax doesn’t make a difference. If you’ll use mint-flavored waxed floss every night, then that’s the best kind of floss for you. Waterpik Many people were first introduced to the Waterpik by seeing it in their grandparents’ bathroom, so

these dental tools have a reputation of being “for old people.” But gum health has no age restriction! A Waterpik works by using a small stream of pressurized water to wash away debris from between your teeth and under your gum line. For people who struggle with flossing, switching to a Waterpik can be an effective way to improve their oral health. Oil Pulling The practice of swishing edible oil around in your mouth is something one of your coworkers surely swears by but a lot of experts are hesitant to recommend. However, recent studies suggest that oil pulling with coconut oil may have real benefits. A 2015 study found that teenagers between the ages of 16 to 18 who pulled with coconut oil showed a “statistically significant decrease in the plaque and gingival indices” after just seven days. Keep in mind that oil pulling shouldn’t be the only strategy for taking care of your gums, but incorporating it into your oral care routine might be beneficial for some. Ultimately, the key to finding an effective strategy for your gum health is to create a habit you can stick with. Consistency is key in all areas of your health, and your gums are no different.

Stop Overlooking Your Gums

Leah’s Bad Dad Joke of the Month

Tomato Salad With Horseradish

Why did the coffee file a police report?

Savor the end of tomato season with this spicy and healthy salad. Because the horseradish-spiked dressing packs a punch, you only need a little to add a lot of flavor.

Ingredients •

1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup buttermilk

2 1/2 lbs heirloom and cherry tomatoes, roughly chopped 2 scallions, thinly sliced

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2 tbsp prepared horseradish Salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions 1. For the dressing, whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, and horseradish in a mixing bowl; season to taste. 2. In serving bowls, arrange tomatoes and top with scallions.

3. Lightly drizzle tomatoes and scallions with dressing and serve.

It got mugged.

Inspired by Food & Wine magazine





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a wildlife-rescue and -rehabilitation effort. Dozens of animals, from bobcats to bald eagles, that cannot return to the wild can live safely at Perkins. These creatures serve as animal ambassadors, teaching guests about the natural world around us. The CMNH also aims to prove that there’s no age limit on fun or learning with their Think & Drink With the Extinct series. On the third Thursday of the month, from August through April, guests age 21 and up are invited to explore different science topics and chat with professional researchers over a drink from some of Ohio’s best breweries. In addition to all the amazing exhibits within the museum, the CMNH strives to promote education everywhere with their Education Resource Center (ERC). For 30 years, this award-winning program has provided workshops and teaching kits for Ohio teachers to help inspire a love of discovery in their students. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is a special part of Ohio that proves we can learn something new every day. Learn what makes this place so amazing at CMNH.org.

A Place for Everything Discovery Rules the Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Where can you walk with dinosaurs, visit the rings of Saturn, and watch otters play all in one day? The Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH), of course! First established in 1920, the CMNH is an institution of research, education, and exploration. Today, the museum houses over 4 million specimens dedicated to almost every aspect of the natural world. One of the most

notable exhibits is Lucy, the partial skeleton of a human ancestor who walked the earth 3.2 million years ago. Discovered by former CMNH curator Dr. Donald Johanson, Lucy redefined our understanding of human evolution. A more recent addition to the CMNH is the Perkins Wildlife Center. Opened in September 2016, this outdoor experience highlights distinct Ohio ecosystems. Perkins is part of


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